Linux vs Unix for doing bioinformatics
timc at chiark.greenend.org.uk
Wed Mar 1 13:13:55 EST 2000
In article <89isp9$b9e$1 at ezili.sis.pasteur.fr>,
Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer at pasteur.fr> wrote:
>The Subject: is incorrect. Linux is an Unix, like a dog is a mammal or
>an applepie is a pie.
Although I agree with you in spirit, the pedantic truth is that Linux is
not Unix; it is a unix-like operating system, but it's not unix.
The description in most Linux distributions carefully avoids calling it
unix. For example, the Debian FAQ says:
"Linux is the kernel of a Unix-like operating system"
"Linux is a free Unix-type operating system..."
Neither site says that Linux *is* unix.
It's something that needs bearing in mind, since it could potentially
make a difference to software portability and so on.
Right, that's enough pedantry. You can now go back to calling Linux
unix and I won't care. :-)
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